About Disputed Questions
Welcome to Disputed Questions! In medieval universities, the quaestiones disputatae was a rigorous method of academic debate which aimed at forcing one to defend one’s intellectual position against the strongest possible objections. A question or topic was proposed, an answer given, and then the best objections to that answer were listed. The defendant was then required to make a reasoned case for his answer, as well as respond in depth to each of the objections.
This is what has come to be known as the “scholastic method,” enshrined especially in the masterful Summa Theologiae of Saint Thomas Aquinas. The disputed questions is thus a paradigmatic model of the heights of intellectual discourse and inquiry.
This blog seeks to live out the tradition of the disputed questions, by encouraging dialogue across perspectives concerning life’s most important questions, especially in the areas of philosophy, theology, science, and politics.
My name is Harrison Jennings. I am currently a philosophy PhD student at Baylor University. My main areas of research are Thomistic and Scholastic thought, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion. However, my personal interests include pretty much everything having to do with philosophy, theology, religion, science, and history. Outside of intellectual pursuits, I enjoy swimming, reading literature, watching movies, listening to music, eating good food, and spending time with friends and family. Feel free to contact me for any questions, comments, or to just say hello!